Australia’s incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
However, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your skin while outdoors. These include:
- Slip on some sun-protective clothing – that covers as much skin as possible
- Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
- Slap on a hat – that protects your face, head, neck and ears
- Seek shade
- Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards
It is important to be extra cautious in the middle of the day when UV levels are most intense.
Click on the resource links to find out more information about sun safety.